Actress Kangana Ranaut on Monday criticised Ali Abbas Zafar's controversial new series Tandav, starring Saif Ali Khan. Kangana slammed the series, calling it "Hindu phobic, atrocious and objectionable".
Soon after, the actress wrote another problematic tweet that she deleted soon after viewers slammed her for violent language. Replying to a tweet about how people have ‘stopped taking insults lying down’ and made the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting seek an explanation from the makers, Kangana wrote on Monday, “Because even Lord Krishna forgave 99 mistakes of Sheshupala.... pehle Shanti phir Kranti (Silence must be followed by revolution).... time to take their heads off... Jai Shri Krishan…”
Netizens criticised Kangana for what they perceived as instigation of violence towards the team of Tandav. However, some users defended her as they shared screenshots from Google which said that ‘take head off’ is an idiom that means ‘to scold or berate someone severely’.
Kangana retweeted the tweet and wrote, “Jo libru dar ke maare mummy ki god mein ro rahe hai, woh yeh padh lein. Maine tumhara sir kaatne ke liye nahi kaha, itna toh main bhi jaanti hoon ki insects ya worms ke liye pesticide chahiye hota hai (The liberals who are scared and crying to their mothers must read this. I did not ask for you to be beheaded. Even I know that insects and worms need pesticide).”
Kangana's tweets come at a time when a criminal complaint has been filed before a Delhi court seeking action against OTT platform Amazon Prime and the makers of the web series.
Tandav - a nine-part political web series created and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, features Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sunil Grover, and Gauahar Khan in key roles. Zafar has issued an apology on behalf of the cast and crew.